In case you haven't heard, Snoop Dogg is dead.
Diplo and Snoop's forthcoming album is more than your typical hot producer/iconic artist collaboration; it's Snoop Reincarnated — hence the LP's title and corresponding full-length documentary, both to be released by VICE. Snoop and Diplo held a press conference last night at Miss Lily's, the Jamaican-themed record store and restaurant in New York, hosted by Sway (MTV, SiriusXM). Snoop talked about how his Jamaican getaway turned into a Rastafarian rebirth, leading to the co-creation of a reggae/dub album, under the moniker Snoop Lion.
“I didn't want to be Snoop Dogg on a reggae track...I wanted to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion, but I didn't know that until I went to the temple and received the name Snoop Lion from the Nyabingi priest,” said Snoop. “From that moment on, I started to understand why I was there and was able to create something magical in this [Reincarnated] project...something I haven't done before in my career.”
When speaking on the album cut "No Guns Allowed," Snoop also sounded like he's ready to grow past some of the gangsta rap clichés that he helped cement 20 years ago.
"There's a lot of killing going on in this world, and nobody ever speaks on it until it happens. And I'm tired of it ... It's so tragic that people are still doing stupid things with guns," Snoop said. "I could have never made a song called 'No Guns Allowed,' because I'm supposed to be a gangster and we supposed to keep one on us at all times ... But after looking at my life and what it is now and my kids, and all the things that go on in life, I feel like it should be no guns allowed."
If it sounds like a big joke or some disposable vanity project, the music might convince you otherwise. Recently leaked track "La La La" is a heavy dub with Snoop singing reggae over it. Snoop's also received some heavyweight co-signs from the likes of Rohan Marley, who was in attendance at the press conference, and Bunny Wailer, who appears in the above trailer for the documentary, which debuts at this year's Toronto Film Festival.
"La La La," Snoop Lion (produced by Major Lazer)
Today is a big day for Atlanta music icon DJ Kemit. One of the architects of the city’s contemporary soul scene (having created and performed with groups like Arrested Development and The Chronicle) and the musical force behind events like Spread Love, Kemit is dropping a highly anticipated, brand-new studio album today.
Titled Everlasting, the project features production and creative direction by Kemit and vocals by a bevy of major league artists — Carl McIntosh (of the group Loose Ends), Jean Baylor (formerly a member of Zhané), Lady Alma, Eric Roberson, Osunlade, Choklate and many more.
So, at this point you should be launching iTunes or running to Moods Music, right? Well, just in case you need more reasons to snag a copy of Everlasting, we checked in with Kemit and asked him to tell our readers why they need to own his latest project. And here’s what he said:
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The man who penned the timeless and eloquent verse, “Move bitch, get out the way, get out the way bitch, get out the way ... ” really meant it! Ludacris came out in support of T-SPLOST this morning via Twitter.
Shouts out to
@staciijae @kasimreed TODAY VOTE YES
— Ludacris (@Ludacris) July 31, 2012
The N.E.C., Soft Opening, Abby Go Go, and Women's Work play the Earl, Sat. Aug. 4. $7. 9 p.m.
Also, if you’re torn between this album release show and the Spirits/Order of the Owl 7-inch release show going on down the street at 529, word is that you can by a $10 pass to both shows at the door either club.
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On Saturday afternoon, teenaged trio the OMG Girlz stood inside the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, before a near-crowded, 500-seat auditorium of mostly mothers and daughters. Star, Beauty and Baby Doll announced that they had a special guest, a surprise even to them. (They had been reading off of note cards.) Then, they turned to their left. "Oh my gosh," they said as Chilli emerged from the side stage, smiling.
Chilli and the OMG Girlz were kicking off the first-ever Left Eye Music Fest, spearheaded by Left Eye's brother and sister Ronald and Reigndrop Lopes. Ten performances were divided into a kids showcase and an adult tribute concert, and they became reminders of what the Atlanta-based Left Eye left behind: the most successful American female group of all time, and a growing number of artists that she'd taken under her wing. Gabbie Rae, a 14-year-old signee to Purple Ribbon Kidz (so, the label Big Boi gifted his daughter), belted through aspirations involving MTV appearances and magazine covers — emblems of fame that TLC earned in the '90s. Female trios Ejypt and Blaque each performed a cappella versions of songs that their mentor loved to hear, including the latter's gold-selling "808."
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Nashville has more dive bars than ATL now that sucks. tbh i think that new…
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.